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100 Greatest Songs From 1965

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction single cover

Like A Rolling Stone single cover

In The Midnight Hour single cover

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag single cover

My Generation single cover

Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds single cover

Yesterday - Beatles single cover

The Sounds Of Silence single cover

The Tracks Of My Tears single cover

Heart Full Of Soul single cover
1
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Rolling Stones
2
Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan
3
In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett
4
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
James Brown
5
My Generation
The Who
6
Mr. Tambourine Man
Byrds / Bob Dylan
7
Yesterday
Beatles
8
The Sounds Of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
9
Ticket To Ride
Beatles
10
The Tracks Of My Tears
Miracles
11
California Dreamin'
The Mamas & The Papas
12
Heart Full Of Soul
Yardbirds
13
People Get Ready
Impressions
14
Do You Believe In Magic
Lovin' Spoonful
15
In My Life
Beatles
16
I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown
17
Get Off Of My Cloud
Rolling Stones
18
I Fought The Law
Bobby Fuller Four
19
I Can't Help Myself
Four Tops
20
California Girls
Beach Boys
21
For Your Love
Yardbirds
22
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Otis Redding
23
Shotgun
Jr. Walker & the All-stars
24
Unchained Melody
Righteous Brothers
25
Help!
Beatles
26
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan
27
Turn, Turn, Turn
Byrds
28
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Animals
29
Hang On Sloopy
McCoys
30
Wooly Bully
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
31
Positively 4th Street
Bob Dylan
32
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Stevie Wonder
33
I Got You Babe
Sonny & Cher
34
We Can Work It Out
Beatles
35
Nowhere To Run
Martha & the Vandellas
36
Ooo Baby Baby
Miracles
37
A Well Respected Man
Kinks
38
Day Tripper
Beatles
39
Stop! In The Name Of Love
Supremes
40
Help Me Rhonda
Beach Boys
41
It's The Same Old Song
Four Tops
42
Respect
Otis Redding
43
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Beatles
44
Back In My Arms Again
Supremes
45
Going To A Go-Go
Miracles
46
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Animals
47
I Do Love You
Billy Stewart
48
Ask The Lonely
Four Tops
49
Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
Swingin' Medallions
50
Land Of 1,000 Dances
Cannibal & the Headhunters
51
Dirty Water
Standells
52
Nowhere Man
Beatles
53
The Last Time
Rolling Stones
54
Eve Of Destruction
Barry McGuire
55
Ain't That Peculiar
Marvin Gaye
56
She's About A Mover
Sir Douglas Quintet
57
I'm A Man
Yardbirds
58
The Kids Are Alright
The Who
59
Catch Us If You Can
Dave Clark Five
60
Let's Hang On
Four Seasons
61
I Do
Marvelows
62
Barbara Ann
Beach Boys
63
Hurt So Bad
Little Anthony & the Imperials
64
Rescue Me
Fontella Bass
65
It's My Life
Animals
66
I'll Be Doggone
Marvin Gaye
67
Yes, I'm Ready
Barbara Mason
68
Sitting In The Park
Billy Stewart
69
Liar, Liar
Castaways
70
Just Like Me
Paul Revere & the Raiders
71
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Byrds
72
King Of The Road
Roger Miller
73
Tired Of Waiting For You
Kinks
74
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Beatles
75
Since I Lost My Baby
Temptations
76
I Can't Turn You Loose
Otis Redding
77
(I'm A) Road Runner
Jr. Walker & the All-stars
78
Baby I'm Yours
Barbara Lewis
79
Got To Get You Off My Mind
Solomon Burke
80
We're Gonna Make It
Little Milton
81
It Ain't Me Babe
Turtles
82
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
Lovin' Spoonful
83
Five O'Clock World
Vogues
84
Treat Her Right
Roy Head
85
Drive My Car
Beatles
86
I Want Candy
Strangeloves
87
A Lover's Concerto
Toys
88
Desolation Row
Bob Dylan
89
Catch The Wind
Donovan
90
These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
Nancy Sinatra
91
Lightnin' Strikes
Lou Christie
92
I Hear A Symphony
Supremes
93
Don't Mess With Bill
Marvelettes
94
Keep On Dancing
Gentrys
95
Over And Over
Dave Clark Five
96
Till The End Of The Day
Kinks
97
You're The One
Vogues
98
I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am
Herman's Hermits
99
A Groovy Kind Of Love
Mindbenders
100
Michelle
Beatles
20 more worth mentioning.
101
1-2-3
Len Barry
102
Lies
Knickerbockers
103
Game Of Love
Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
104
She's Just My Style
Gary Lewis & the Playboys
105
Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
Herman's Hermits
106
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Bob Dylan
107
You're Going To Lose That Girl
Beatles
108
Woman's Got Soul
Impressions
109
I'm A Happy Man
Jive Five
110
I'm Alive
Hollies
111
It's Gonna Take A Miracle
Royalettes
112
Don't Look Back
Temptations
113
Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
114
It's Not Unusual
Tom Jones
115
My World Is Empty Without You
Supremes
116
Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
Herman's Hermits
117
Crying Time
Ray Charles
118
The "In" Crowd
Ramsey Lewis
119
Elusive Butterfly
Bob Lind
120
Baby Scratch My Back
Slim Harpo
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1965
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1965
*
A Little Piece Of Leather
Donnie Elbert
Lew's Choice:
*
Just A Little
Beau Brummels
Adam's Choice:
*
Snatch It Back and Hold It
Junior Wells
Brett's Choice:
*
Some Of Your Lovin'
Dusty Springfield


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